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Lady Of The Woods | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Lady Of The WoodsLady Of The Woods

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 126 | Ratings: 480
Photo of spoony
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml into a tulip.

A-The beer pours a cloudy, pale-hued golden color with some visible carbonation. The head is short-lived, thin white foam. No lacing.

S-The smell is quite tart with a slightly lactic, earthy funk. I detect some apricot, unripe apples, and a bit of oak.

T-The taste is also tart from start to finish. The brew is highly acidic with flavors of white grapes, unripened apples, some lemon, and a touch of funky oak. I find it difficult to pick out unique flavors, but there is a sort-of sour white wine note to the beer.

M-Feel is light to medium in body with a refreshing hit of carbonation. The finish is long lasting and sour.

O-I enjoyed this beer and I think other sour fans will, as well. There is nice, almost-geueze-like quality to this beer with the tart flavor, milder ABV, and bubbly mouthfeel. It would score higher, but the flavors are not as complex or distinguished as my favorite sours. Lack of complexity notwithstanding, I would readily drink this again.

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle placed in a lambic basket into a tulip glass

After the initiai six foot spray that shot from the bottle after the cork was removed, poured a hazy straw golden capped with a one finger head that dissipates almost immediately. No lacing. Oak, lemon-tinged vinegar, and some funk on the nose. Opens with white wine, very light citrus notes, and a hint of banyard funk. Big oak notes throughout. Finishes fairly dry with white wine vinegar sourness. Smooth syrupy fairly heavy medium body, low carbonation. Overall, a solid sour, but lacks a bit of complexity. However, it certainly delivers on the sour.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy light straw yellow with no head. The nose is different than most barrel aged sours with a strange herbal note that I can't place my finger on...regardless, it's a pleasant surprise. The taste is definitely sour with a distinctly herbal & sour finish. This beer is light and drinkable, but definitely sour and interesting. I would recommend this as a great east coast sour and didn't realize it was a 2012 GABF gold!

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost clear pale gold with a rocky head that quickly turns to a half-inch, loose foam, then just as quickly disappears, leaving no lace on a Gulden Draak tulip glass.

Opens with funky fermented apple with lots of oak and a citrus/lemon background. The aromas are pronounced, but lack progression with warmth. However, the oak does ramp up through the session.

Tartness is quite pronounced from front to back. Acid and sweetness are pronounced. Strong white wine flavors with lemon and oak give way to fruity pineapple and kiwi. The finish is dry and puckering. Again, warmth accentuates the oak flavors and this beer contains the most oak I have yet to encounter.

A silky texture, medium body, with highly effervescent carbonation and light alcohol. This one if very dry and palate coating.

Another sipping beer with powerful flavors that linger. This is a nice alternative to the typically high octane sipping beers. It is to be enjoyed with a book on a cold, wet autumn day, but would work equally well as a summer offering.

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Photo of claspada
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light yellow color with a foamy eggshell head that fades to a minimal cap of white foam. Quite bubbley and effervescent.

Aroma is fruity and tart intially with notes of lemons and tangerines. As it warms I get more of the Bretty yeast, some more citrus, a little spice and some vinious white grape influences.

The tastes directly follow the nose with the white grape skin up front followed but the earthy, woody oak. As it warms I get some of the wheat/pilsner malt sweetness with some accompanying accents of lime, orange rind and tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is slightly dry and oaky with accompanying sour tart fruitiness.

Overall this was a surprise for me and I enjoyed this very much. I have been cautious to try this brewery because I have heard many hit or miss comments but this was indeed a treat. Flavors are not ridicullously mind-blowing or out of this world but were super solid in the light farmhouse style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with a woody and acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is quite sour and acidic and fairly one dimensional in that regard.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a hazy yellow color with a thin white head on top. The head settles and leave just a white film on top of the beer with a minimal lacing. The smell of the beer gives off some big sour notes and fresh oak aromas. The taste gives off what to me tasted like tart limes at first which then switched of more of a lemon/orange citric flavor as it warmed up. The base of the beer is light with not much in the way of malt coming through at any stage. The mouthfeel is light bodied, well carbonated, and actually kind of refreshing. Overall this beer gets the saliva glands working pretty hard, it's acidic and yet very drinkable. It's a lot like a tart citrusy juice with carbonation. It's good for what it is. I can't say I'd drink a lot of it though.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small white head that reduces to a ring on top rather quickly. Little bits of white lace form on the glass.

S: Very funky and musty with some nice sour lemon, apple, white grapes, and vinegar.

T: Nice sour lemon flavor upfront with some green apple and white grapes mixed in. The oak comes out as does a nice lactic sourness. There is a bit of funk, but not has much as the aroma, the flavor profile is much more fruity.

M: Closer to medium than light bodied with medium to high carbonation, slightly dry finish.

O: A really nice wild ale. Not overly sour, but it has a nice level of funk and fruity flavors. Wish their sours were a few dollars cheaper, but will definitely try and grab a few more at some point.

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Photo of CManuel
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a translucent golden yellow with a minimal head.
S-Green apple tart notes are very present, along with a bit of funkyness, very much Gueuze-like in aroma. Oak is there, but is overpowered by the other aromas.
T- Nice and tart, with apple notes present. Has a nice puckering effect but not overwhelming. Very clean and dry beer, oaky vanilla flavors are present, but are hard for me to pick out.

Overall this is a very solid american wild ale. I am definitely impressed and will pick up more bottles.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy white head (like one would expect on a Sprite) that quickly reduces to an extremely thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sourness with some very subtle hints of oak from the barrel aging.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of sourness/tartness upfront with some lighter vinous notes and a hint of oak flavors from the barrel aging.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: This beer is very easy to drink for the style as the sourness is not too over the top and there is a nice amount of acidity to the flavors. Very enjoyable and I could easily enjoy a few glasses of this in a sitting.

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Photo of liamt07
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Jason, 750ml into a tulip.

Hazy oranged yellow, minimal head is produced only leaving the tiniest ring of bubbles. Tart on the nose, white wine, underripe white fleshed fruits and green grape skins. Tastes of young green grapes, lemon, white wine but having a sweeter pale malt finish. Medium body, zesty and tart finish. A good sour, but not as complex as I had desired. Pleasant and refreshing however.

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Photo of jsanford
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow-gold with a thin, patchy haze of white foam. Very nice, Gueuze-like aromas of tart green apple, lemon zest, and white wine vinegar. Not quite as complex as the Belgian master, but damn fine. Taste is similar to the nose, more complex flavors of under-ripe green apple, lemon juice, Shock Tarts, funk, and a touch of vinegar. Light and crisp, with a medium-thin body and a puckering, astringent finish. Very solid American "Sour", very impressed, and now looking forward to Cherry Woods and the rest.

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Photo of Etan
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Cantillon flute.

A: Pours a translucent golden yellow with a small white head.

S: Some mild bretty funk, sour lemon and apple, lots of oak.

T: Lots of clean, oaky acidity here. Puckering green apple, wheat and tannic vanilla, some lactic notes. Very clean and dry.

M: Light to medium-bodied, slight tingle of carbonation.

O: A lot more sour than I was expecting. Not very complex, but satisfying.

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Photo of jtd1969
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale yellow with mirky, medium carbonation

S - sour fruit, sweet yeasty aroma

T - sour, smooth lemon, lemongrass, oak

M - light bodied, smooth, well carbonated

O - A refreshing beer. Style is a sour, so you know what you get. It is not for everyone as it is sour and tart. However, I recommend you try it.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bottle.

A - cloudy, bright yellow with a soft, thin, white head that has little retention

S - tart lemon, funky

T - lemon, white wine, straw, tart, sour

M - light bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This is a pretty enjoyable beer. It's tart and sour, but it's also fruity and light. This isn't overly complex but it does have some depth. It's worth checking out.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Champagne style bottle poured into a duvel glass. Pours cloudy opaque golden color with no foam. Apple juice smell. White wine too. Definitely has the chardonnay in there. Tangy taste, strong sour. Very citrussy. Tropical fruits. Extremely dry finish. Really quite good, loads of flavor.

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Photo of Brew33
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple of bottles of this recently in the Carolinas.

It pours a straw yellow with a thin white head that disappears quickly. The aroma screams GUEUZE! from the top of it's lungs. VERY funky and sour nose. If I didn't know who brewed this, I would have guessed I was smelling a traditional Belgian Gueuze.

The flavor is downright sour. White wine and lactic acid all over the place. Delicious! I would have liked this beer to be a little less sour though actually. I think this is an excellent beer but I would have liked a little better balance. The brett notes are more tropical fruity than musty which seperates it from traditional Belgian wilds in my opinion. Sour with the right balance of aecitic and lactic qualities.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are darn near perfect. Light on the tongue but creamy. Overall I enjoyed this very much. One of the best AWAs I've had to date.

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Photo of jegross2
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Lady Of The Woods from Cisco Brewers Incorporated out of Massachusetts.
Score: 83

Unknown vintage. Served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 06/23/12 at the inaugural Chicago craft beer lovers meeting.

Appearance: Pours a golden urine-like color that is a little murky with a thin bubbly-ish ring around the glass of head. Below average lacing and retention. 3/5

Smell: Sour peaches and pears, a little bit of berries, lemon, oak and vinegar and greek yogurt. 3.5/5

Taste: Lemon, sour peach, oak and some lacto-y flavor. Very milk funk. Quite acidic. A little green apple flavor too. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, medium carbonation. Sweet-and-sour, dry mouthfeel. 4/5

Overall: Drinkable, but did not float my boat.

Recommendation: Sour heads will probably like this one, but it does not seem to be the kind of beer that would appeal to the casual beer drinker.

Pairings: Apples and honey.

Cost: $18.99 for a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of joefuzz
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bought at whole foods last week

Pours straw yellow with a very small white layer of bubbles. Looks almost like still lambic.

Smell is lemon sourness up front with a very funky latic presence.

Taste is a mouth puckering sourness up front...like sucking on a lemon that fades to a berliner weiss like wheat taste

Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is low.

Overall a very suprising find awesome beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There is something about this that strikes me as very lambic-like. Excellent woody tones with the supporting funk with lemony citric edges. Well, more than just edges. But the character of this beer makes it so similar to Belgian lambics that I'd bet you could place this in a blind tasting against Boon and the like and there is potential for some interesting results. Not as smooth as Cuvee de Castleton or as diverse as a Russian River production, but I still say this is a well made wild ale. A real pleasure to drink.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to lalaloveyou for sending this awesome extra! Thanks lauren!

poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: brillaint yellow bodied beer with with a short lived white head that drops quickly to a thin white ring.

Smell: Sour lemons, lactic, vinegary, sour beer here. Mildly funky and a little fruity.

Taste: moderatly sour lemons. nice big oaky notes that pairing with the sour without overtaking the beer. A mild funk and some vinegary lactic sourness. I am getting some nice fruitiness from this sour like white grapes and pears. This is a really nice and complex sour!

Mouthfeel: its at the high end of a light bodied beer. low end of moderate carbonation that has a semidry finish.

Overall: This is a really good sour! I like that its starts off like most sours and then you get the white grapes and pears in there to really mix things up; adding a whole nother level of complexity to this beer. Cisco makes a nice sour, I will be looking to try more sours from them! Cant wait to try the Peckish Woods that is sitting in the fridge!

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml cage n cork bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- Pours a light honey color with a 2 finger white head. Some blotching that resides quickly.

S- Sweet white grapes, lemon, slight spice, pungent funk.

T- Crisp lemon, grapes, tart fruitiness, faint vinegar and straw.

M- Light body and medium carbonation. Low carbonation then most sours that make this beer very drinkable.

O- 5/10 sourness. Nice wild ale that has some good funk aroma and enough sour/tarness that make this a very enjoyable sour. Worth a try but not sure I would spend the $19 again.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour is is clear golden in color with tight off white head. Nose is tannic and sweet. Lots of white wine barrel, peaches and fruity. Taste is a bit less tannic, still nice fruity soft peach and gentle sourness in the finish. Still seems to have a light Chardonnay barrel taste but not as present in the taste. Body is soft, lighter carbonation, very clean and airy.

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Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down and left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and a patch of bubbles in the center.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of sourness in the nose.
T: The overall taste is rather sour and has some notes of oak from the barrel aging.
M: It feels a little more than light-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very drinkable for the style and seems like it has just the right amount of sourness.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a cloudy, yellow-gold coloring with a filmy ring of head. The nose is fully influenced by the Chardonnay barrels the beer is aged in, with very sweet and tart characteristics dominating. Flavors are all Chardonnay, but with a touch of the roasted wheat shining through. Sweet, cloying aftertaste with a rich, tangy finish. The beer is definitely different, but it is damn tasty. Good for wine fans looking to cross-over or dabble a bit.

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Lady Of The Woods from Cisco Brewers Inc.
4.07 out of 5 based on 480 ratings.
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